Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold on to the disparate threads of the complex web of time he has created. He travels to the First World War, living through the horrors of trench warfare in order to befriend a young soldier crucial to his story; then to the 1930s to uncover the secrets of a mysterious stage magician. He moves back and forth in time, always with the strange and terrifying Dark Man on his heels, gradually getting closer to uncovering the true nature of his destiny with the obsidian heart.
The Society of Blood
Alex Locke is still searching for his missing young daughter. Transported through time to the dank streets of Victorian London, his only hope of finding her lies with the obsidian heart, the enigmatic object to which his fate seems inextricably linked. Desperately seeking the heart, which has been taken from him, Alex follows the trail of a gruesome murderer that will lead him through the opium dens of Limehouse into the dark and twisted world of the Society of Blood, and ever closer to unlocking the secrets of the heart - and finding his daughter. Order
The Wolves of London
Alex Locke is a reformed ex-convict, forced back into London’s criminal underworld for one more job. He agrees to steal a priceless artefact – a human heart carved from blackest obsidian – from the home of a decrepit old man. But when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, a band of unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart. As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power – or be destroyed by it.
“A new novel from Morris is always cause for celebration, and this first in a brand new trilogy ushers in his greatest, most complex and compelling work yet” – Tim Lebbon
“In The Wolves of London, Mark Morris not only crosses genre boundaries, but creates an entirely new territory in the landscape of dark fiction. Part crime novel, part fantasy, part science fiction – entirely engrossing” – Sarah Pinborough
Kate Nolan is a successful magazine editor with a loving husband, James, and a five year old son, Max. Her life couldn’t be more perfect—but one day she receives a phone call from James, which changes everything. Clearly distressed, James tells Kate to meet him at midnight outside the beach café once owned by her long-dead grandmother in the seaside town of Seahaven, where they both grew up. A strange request, made even more sinister by the fact that in recent weeks Seahaven has become prey to a serial killer who is targeting the local children. Kate keeps the midnight appointment, but instead of finding her husband and son, she finds herself drawn into an ever-tightening web of past misdeeds and long-buried secrets.
It came from nowhere. The only warning was the endless rumbling of a growing earthquake. Then the water came—crashing, rushing water, covering everything. Destroying everything. When it stopped, all that was left was the gentle lapping of waves against the few remaining buildings rising above the surface of the sea. Will the isolated survivors be able to rebuild their lives, their civilization, when nearly all they knew has been wiped out? It seems hopeless. But what lurks beneath the swirling water, waiting to emerge, is far worse. When the floodwaters finally recede, the true horror will be revealed.
Nowhere Near an Angel
During the long, hot summer of 1976 sixteen year-old Rob Swann decides to kill himself. Then, on a tinny transistor radio, he hears the Sex Pistols for the first time and it changes everything. Over a quarter of a century later, Rob is a man with a colourful past. Ex-punk, drug addict, gangster and jailbird, he has finally put his troubled life behind him and is enjoying a settled, law-abiding, carefree existence. Then one day he meets and befriends the enigmatic Suzi - at which point everything begins to unravel.
Rob Loomis has everything he could wish for: a beautiful girlfriend, a job he loves, a nice flat in London. Life is sweet - until the day that his mother rings him at work to tell him that his quiet, thoughtful and apparently contented father has hung himself from the banister of their family home.
Before Long, Rob finds that it is not only his own and his mother's grief that he has to cope with. A mysterious, hissing voice on the phone informs him that his father was murdered and that his murderers - the uglimen - are targeting Rob as their next victim.
When Ruth Gemmill's younger brother Alex fails to return her calls, she sets off to check up on him. Unable to find him in Greenwell, the town where he has been living and teaching, she begins her tentative enquiries. She soon discovers the locals to be frustratingly unhelpful, while the eerie town holds more questions than clues. Why are the police so uncooperative? Why is Greenwell so dark and lonely? And who is the 'grey man' the schoolchildren saw Alex with not long before he went missing?
“Eerie, assured and utterly compelling, this is a novel you will not forget” – Michael Marshall Smith
“Nightmarish… Morris writes superbly about a small town’s gathering of menacing forces” – Time Out
It’s breaking through…
In a nightclub rest room a man mumbles these words and then puts a shotgun in his mouth and pulls the trigger. The only witness, music journalist Nick Finch, watches in horror as he crumples to the ground beside the similarly slain bodies of a woman and a little girl. Nick exits the room fast, but when someone goes in to check out his story the bodies are no longer there.
Then things get really strange.
Unspeakable nightmares. Hallucinations. Mysterious figures shadowing him. Is Nick losing his mind? Or is someone – or something – planting ideas in his head? And why does that word – GENESIS – keep cropping up?
If you run round the church seven times in an anti-clockwise direction, you’ll wake the Seven Sleepers…
The sleepy Yorkshire village of Longbarrow looks normal enough. But David Wisher finds a place steeped in the stories and beliefs of the past. Of all the legends that surround Longbarrow, one above all fascinates David: the story of the Seven Sleepers defeated in an ancient battle and trapped throughout the centuries, their evil powers dormant.
Redcap, Uther, Vinegar Tom, Gerennius, Shuck, Pyewackett and Cullen. Together they spread terror, pestilence, destruction. And now, because of David’s unwitting actions, they are stirring once more…
Mr Bad Face
It started as a harmless practical joke. But then the real nightmare begins...John Straker is the neighbourhood bogeyman. Hideously disfigured, he hides himself away from the rest of the world - until the night when a group of children set fire to his house and reduce it - and its owner - to ashes. Mr Bad Face has been well and truly laid to rest. Or so the children think...
The Secret of Anatomy
David Fox, fast approaching his fortieth birthday, is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. That is until he finds a message in a bottle whilst walking on the beach. The message, written in 1953, is from a boy called John Marshall who claims his father is trying to kill him. And with a new, invigorating purpose to his life David is compelled to find out what happened all those years ago.
“Finely crafted and powerfully written, The Secret of Anatomy is an apocalyptic journey into dark and forbidden territory” – Clive Barker
“Morris orchestrates the non-stop occult action with fearsome intensity” – Christopher Fowler, Time Out
Jack Stone writes works of dark and tortured fantasy, which have captured the public imagination. Despite his celebrity status, however, he is a lonely man whose smart London life is a form of exile. He has painful memories he does not wish to examine, roots he refuses to revisit – until he meets Gail, a beautiful, empathic girl who seems to sense the shadows that surround him.
When news arrives of a death in his family, Jack is forced to return to the horror that has coloured his nightmares for years: his childhood home. There he finds the terror and humiliation he remembers from his upbringing, but he discovers something else as well – a revelation more startling than he could ever have dreamed up in his wildest flights of fancy…
“Easily Mark Morris’s best novel so far… A real contribution to the literature of the ghostly” – Ramsey Campbell
Autumn term at Maybury University and as the nights draw in so does an atmosphere of menace. Dan Latcher, a previously quiet and withdrawn student, blossoms overnight into the forceful, illusion-working leader of The Crack – an organization with the power to shape and alter its followers’ personalities, pushing them onto mindless heights of pleasure and pain.
When hitherto bright and vivacious Stephanie Peele becomes one of his converts, her worried roommate Annie enlists the support of fellow student Ian. While the campus is further beset by an unknown knife-wielding psychopath, Annie and Ian pit their strength against the forces of evil as personified by Latcher and his infinitely more potent puppet master, Peregrine Stitch, voraciously sucking in new converts body and soul…
“A sizzling banquet of the bizarre that simply demands to be read” – Julian Lloyd Webber, Sunday Express
“A big, blusteringly red-faced, glowering novel of neo-religious cults, bizarre sex and rarely plumbed levels of almost impenetrable blackness… the essence of true horror” – Peter Crowther, Fear Magazine
Welcome to the Horror Club!
A world of werewolves and poltergeists, psychopaths and shape changers, the unquiet and the living dead…
A fantasy world, of course, for Richard, Robin and Nigel, the club’s members, are ordinary boys from ordinary families, who just happen to share a taste for the macabre in movies, books and comics. But then they admit a fourth member to their club – Toady, a far from ordinary boy. From the moment he lures the others into a nerve-jangling séance in a house with a chilling reputation, their lives are blighted by worse horror than they ever could have imagined.
Terror stalks the familiar streets of a sleepy seaside town and waits to invade the safest home. The pervasive stain of evil spreads like ripples on a pond, leaving a trail of sacrilege and death in its wake. One by one the members of the Horror Club are forced into a netherworld, halfway between illusion and reality. Eventually it is up to the final member to fight alone against the evil they have unleashed.
“A strikingly imaginative mixture of horror and fantasy, with a real sense of supernatural terror and with scenes of horror so strange they border on surrealism” – Ramsey Campbell